iHeartMedia of the Hudson Valley along with Michael R. Varble, TEG Federal Credit Union & Dr. Lawrence Grodin DDS of Smileworks Dental Associates are proud to welcome Casper Van Dien, aka Rico from Starship Troopers) and the original Supergirl, Helen Slater, to this year’s show! The show will take place July 23rd-24th at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center.
Casper Van Dien’s breakthrough role was as the lead in Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi film Starship Troopers (1997).
Still one of the most talked about films of 1997 that has one of the largest cult followings in film history. He was also in Tim Burton’s critically acclaimed film Sleepy Hollow (1999), as Brom Bones. He was the 20th Tarzan and the only one to ever film in Africa and ride an African elephant in the Warner Bros. film Tarzan and the Lost City (1998). Read Casper’s full bio here.
Helen Slater is praised for her role as the Kryptonian superheroine in TriStar’s 1984 film “Supergirl”.
Helen Slater’s career has encompassed motion pictures, television, music and legitimate stage. Upon graduating from the famed High School of Performing Arts, her debut film performance, opposite Faye Dunaway and Peter O’Toole in “Supergirl” won praise from the most cynical of critics and launched her performing career. She went on to star in such films as “The Legend of Billie Jean,” “Ruthless People,” “The Secret of my Success,” “City Slickers,” “Sticky Fingers,” “Lassie,” “No Way Back” and “The Steal,” among others. Read Helen’s full bio here.
ULTRACON Of South Florida “2016” AT THE MACC
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“Downright Incredible! A bloody and brilliant backwoods standoff.” – Collider
Patrick Stewart Terrifies Audiences in the Gritty and Shocking Nail Biter on Blu-rayTM & DVD July 12 from Lionsgate
SANTA MONICA, CA (May 3, 2016) – Spike your hair, throw on your combat boots, and get ready to dive into the mosh pit when the brilliantly crafted thriller Green Room hits Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) July 12 from Lionsgate. Theatrically released by A24, and written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier (who achieved critical success with Blue Ruin), Green Room is a film that critics are calling “the best screw-tightening siege movie of the year” (Rolling Stone). Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, the award-winning film stars Golden Globe® nominee Patrick Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past) in a role ”that’s as cool as it is evil” (Bloody Disgusting) and will haunt audiences well past the closing credits. The “delightfully nasty horror chiller” (Chicago Sun-Times) also stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Beyond), Imogen Poots (Fright Night), Alia Shawkat (The Final Girls), Joe Cole (Secret in Their Eyes), and Callum Turner (Queen& Country).
After witnessing a shocking crime, a young rock band is unexpectedly thrust into a life-or-death battle to escape the clutches of a diabolical club owner (Stewart) and his ruthless henchmen in this white-knuckle thriller.
The home entertainment release of Green Room contains audio commentary with Director Jeremy Saulnier and a behind-the-scenes featurette. The Green Room Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
- Audio Commentary with Director Jeremy Saulnier
- “Into the Pit: Making Green Room” Featurette
*Subject to Change
Year of Production: 2015
Title Copyright: Green Room © 2015 Green Room Production, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2016 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for Strong Brutal Graphic Violence, Gory Images, Language and Some Drug Content.
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish
Feature Run Time: 95 minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master AudioTM
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
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The Company’s feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me, Divergent and John Wick series, Sicario, The Age of Adaline, Roadside Attractions’ Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Codeblack Films’ Addicted and breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com
SPOILERS: I do get into spoiler-territory here, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to skip this part.
I have to say… I have very mixed feelings about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I go way back with Star Wars… all the way back to 1977. Because my cousin wanted to see it, our whole family went to our local theater and saw the original. I was hooked. Naturally, I’ve seen every Star Wars movie since. But… like a lot of fans, I found the prequels a little wanting and felt that they tarnished Star Wars’s reputation. I was eager to see what Director J.J. Abrams and the folks at Disney had cooked up to take the bad taste of the prequels out of our mouths. For months as the trailers rolled out, I crossed my fingers and said, “Let it be good… let it be good… let it be good.” Having seen it, though, I came away disappointed. While I loved the new characters, especially Daisy Ridley’s Rey, I felt like the original characters really got the short end of the stick. All these years later, and either everything is the same or changed for the negative. Han and Leia broken up? Say it ain’t so! Stormtroopers running around…still?! Han back to being a smuggler…. really?! After becoming a military leader? And the movie robs us of the chance to see Han, Leia, and Luke all sharing the screen again.
So as far as the older characters go, I almost wish they had just set it farther into the future and just said the originals died happy deaths. Despite all my misgivings, I am still looking forward to Episode VIII. Hopefully, the next movie will be more about charging forward and less about looking back. I want to see the next chapter of Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren, and I want to see Luke Skywalker kick some butt!
Although I did not love the new movie, I still jumped at the chance to receive a copy of the Blu-ray Combo Pack to review. Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes stuff, it’s packed with goodies!
Arriving early on Digital HD April 1, 2016
Bring it home on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on April 5, 2016
Including new in-depth bonus offering fans the chance to experience more
BURBANK, Calif. (March 3, 2016)—Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box office records upon its debut to become the cinematic event of a generation with over $926 million domestic and $2.05 billion worldwide. As announced this morning by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger at The Walt Disney Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders, the epic movie will be available to own early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on April 1. It comes home on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 5.
Discover the complete story behind the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with in-depth documentary and bonus material that will take fans on an exciting journey behind the scenes. Secrets will be revealed through extensive footage, never-before-seen deleted scenes, and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers. Bonus features include*:
- Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey – For the first time, discover the complete story behind the making of The Force Awakens, revealed through in-depth footage and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers in this feature documentary.
- The Story Awakens: The Table Read – Cast members familiar and new reflect on the memorable day they all first came together to read the movie’s script.
- Building BB-8 – See how the filmmakers brought the newest droid to the screen, creating an instant fan favorite in the Star Wars universe.
- Crafting Creatures – Watch movie magic as the filmmakers bring a cast of new creatures to life.
- Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight – Go deeper into the epic, climactic lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren.
- John Williams: The Seventh Symphony – The legendary composer shares personal insights of his work on Star Wars and The Force Awakens.
- ILM: The Visual Magic of The Force – An insider’s look into the remarkable digital artistry of the movie’s visual effects.
- Force For Change – Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. See how the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative has united Star Wars fans all over the globe to help others.
- Plus Deleted Scenes
* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer
Star Wars: The Force Awakens saw the eagerly anticipated reteaming of original Star Wars stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill, along with Anthony Daniels, the only actor to have been in all seven Star Wars films, and Peter Mayhew. The returning cast was joined by newcomer Daisy Ridley, who beat out fierce competition to take the principal role of Rey; BAFTA Rising Star Award winner John Boyega (Attack the Block, Imperial Dreams) as reluctant stormtrooper Finn; Emmy® nominee Adam Driver (Lincoln, Girls) as the villainous Kylo Ren, and Golden Globe® winner Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Bourne Legacy) as Resistance pilot Poe Dameron.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt. Lucasfilm president and eight-time Academy Award® nominee Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams, along with his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, are the film’s producers.
Having established a musical legacy with his iconic scores for the previous six films in the Star Wars Saga, acclaimed composer John Williams returned to score Star Wars: The Force Awakens, ultimately garnering his 50th Oscar® nomination for it.
FEATURE RUN TIME: Approximately 136 min.
RATING: PG-13 in U.S.; PG in CE; G in CF
ASPECT RATIO: Blu-ray Feature Film = 2.40:1
DVD Feature Film = 2.40:1
AUDIO: Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 5.1
Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD = English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio Language Tracks
LANGUAGES: English, French & Spanish
SUBTITLES: English SDH, French & Spanish
ABOUT STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS:
Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.
ABOUT LUCASFILM LTD.
Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production. In addition to its motion-picture and television production, the company’s activities include visual effects and audio post-production, cutting-edge digital animation, interactive entertainment software, and the management of the global merchandising activities for its entertainment properties including the legendary STAR WARS andINDIANA JONES franchises. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in northern California.
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ABOUT DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE (DMA):
Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is an engaging and family-friendly cloud-based digital movie service that makes it simple to buy your favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars movies once and watch them anywhere. With DMA you can explore Disney’s library of over 450 eligible digital movies, discover hours of new and exclusive short-form content, and watch your digital movies from the comfort of the living room or across multiple mobile devices. Using the free DMA apps and website, you can connect your DMA account with participating providers including iTunes, Amazon Video, VUDU, Microsoft Movies and TV and Google Play and unlock access to your eligible movie collections across platforms and devices – iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV/Airplay, Amazon’s Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Microsoft Movies and TV service on Windows and Microsoft Xbox devices, Android mobile and tablet devices and Android TV, Chromecast and the Roku®platform. In addition, you can redeem Digital Copy codes found in Disney, Pixar and Marvel Blu-rays and DVDs, as well as earn Disney Movie Rewards points with every digital purchase.
ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:
For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.
TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR LONG BEACH COMIC CON 2016!
MAD Event Entertainment Announces First Wave of Guests Coming to the Long Beach Convention Center September 17 and 18!
MARCH 28, LONG BEACH, CA–Just over a month after the incredibly successful Long Beach Comic Expo, advance ticket sales are on sale now for Long Beach Comic Con! To kick things off, MAD Event Entertainment announces the first wave of guests attending this year’s show!
Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma are the writer and artist behind Image Comics popular Morning Glories series, now in it’s tenth volume. Nick Spencer is also the writer of Thief of Thieves, Bedlam and has written for both DC and Marvel. In addition to illustrating Big Trouble in Little China, Evil Empire & Higher Earth from Boom! Studios, Eisma has worked for Archie, IDW, Valiant, Vertigo, and more.
Dustin Nguyen is the artist on Image Comics’ Descender series, currently in development for film, and garnering critical acclaim issue after issue. Prior to that, Nguyen worked on multiple series at both Wildstorm and DC Comics.
Joëlle Jones is best known for her work on HELHEIM, and the follow up Brides of HELHEIM the supernatural viking thriller series written by Cullen Bunn and published by Oni Press. Currently she is co-writing and drawing a new original series called Lady Killer published by Dark Horse. Additionally, she has worked on various projects with the New York Times, Graphic Universe, Vertigo, DC, Marvel, Dark Horse and ONI press.
Brandon Easton is a writer working in comics and television currently working on such series as Agent Carter for Marvel Television. He is the creator and writer of the Shadowlaw online comic, and one of the writers on Marvel’s highly anticipated Civil War II: Choosing Sides.
At the time of press, other confirmed guests include Brett Booth, Jane Chung, Phil Lamarr, Jae Lee, Brian Miller, Stephane Roux, and Vegas Power Girl!
Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Con, Saturday, September 17 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, September 18 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center. The show opens to advance ticket holders at 9:30 AM on Saturday and 10AM on Sunday. Tickets are available now through the website: www.longbeachcomiccon.com.
ABOUT LONG BEACH COMIC CON: Long Beach Comic Con is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center that celebrates comic books and pop culture and showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Con, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Con is a MAD Event Management, LLC production. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com.
THE BIGGEST SUPER MEGAFEST YET!
75,000- square feet of Spectacular on APRIL 8-10th, 2016!
The NEW ENGLAND SUPER MEGAFEST SPRING SPECTACULAR is here! Hollywood comes back to New England this Spring! Comics, Movies, Super Heroes, Music, Wrestling and Intergalactic Fun come together in Marlborough at the SUPER MEGAFEST, New England’s premiere Celebrity Pop Culture Fan Fest!
Tickets are now on sale!
ORDER TICKETS ONLINE for super easy check in with print or selfie tickets!
The SUPER MEGAFEST COMIC CON SPRING SPECTACULAR takes place
Friday, April 8th from 4pm to 9pm,
Saturday, April 9th from 10:30am to 6pm
Sunday, April 10th from 10:30am to 5pm
at the ROYAL PLAZA TRADE CONVENTION CENTER located at 181 Boston Post Rd. West, Marlborough, MA 01752.
This year’s event will feature Hollywood Icons & Celebrities, an awesome array of Comic Artists, Authors, plus Science Fiction, Wrestling and Rock & Roll legends!
Comic, Movie and TV fans will be thrilled with the rare appearances of:
GUEST OF HONOR – BURT REYNOLDS – Saturday only!
JAMES MARSTERS – Spike of Buffy/Angel, Smallville,Torchwood, Caprica and much more!
PETER MAYHEW – CHEWBACCA of Star Wars!
KEVIN SORBO – Star of Hercules, Andromeda and much more!
RIC FLAIR – ( Sat & Sun) Legendary Wrestling Super Star!
DINA MEYER – Starship Troopers, SAW, Birds of Prey and more!
CASPER VAN DIEN – Starship Troopers, Tarzan, Sleepy Hollow and more!
MICK FOLEY– (Friday & Sat) Wrestling Superstar!
THE WARRIORS Reunion – featuring Michael Beck, Dorsey Wright, Thomas G Waites, Terry Michos, David Harris and Special Guest Deborah Van Valkenburgh !
LEE MERIWETHER – Batman’s Catwoman, Barnaby Jones and more!
CORBIN BERNSON – starred in L.A. Law, The Dentist, Psych, Major League, Major League II, and Major League: Back to the Minors, General Hospital, Cuts and much more!
ERIC BISCHOFF – WWE, WCW and more!
MICKIE JAMES – professional wrestler, actress, model and country singer!
BILLY ZABKA – Karate Kid!
BUTCH PATRICK – Eddie Munster and much more!
SARA JEAN UNDERWOOD – Actress, Model & fan favorite! ATTACK OF THE SHOW!, EPIC MOVIE & MTV’S Ridiculousness plus much more!
KAYLA COLLINS – Actress, Model, Disc Jockey & Music Producer, Designer, and Entrepreneur!
PETE BEST – original drummer for The Beatles!
JOEY MOLLAND – of BADFINGER rock n’ roll fame!
HARLEY RACE – (Sat & Sun) Legendary wrestler!
CYNTHIA ROTHROCK – (Sat & Sun) Queen of Martial Arts films!
MARK DODSON – voice actor of Star Wars Force Awakens, gremlins and more!
KADROLSHA ONA – Queen of the Paranormal!
MARK LINDSAY – formerly of Paul Revere and the Raiders!
SUSAN COWSILL – of The Cowsills
BILL DIAMOND – Puppeteer of Monster TV Network, Great Space Coaster, Dark Crystal, Fraggle Rock, Dr. Rock’s Dinosaur Adventure (FOX) and Sesame Street!
COMIC ARTISTS include:
MIKE GRELL – Comic artist for Legion of Super Heroes, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, The Warlord, and Jon Sable Freelance and much more!
GRAHAM NOLAN – Inkpot Award winning cartoonist best known for BATMAN in Detective Comics and as the de-signer of BANE!
JOE JUSKO – painted almost every major Marvel character over the last three decades!
ALEX SUVIAK – Marvel and DC Comics Artist – including Spider-man, Green Lantern, Superman and more!
BOB BUDIANSKY – comic book writer, editor, and penciller, best known for his work on Marvel’s Transformers comic and much more!
MARK TEXEIRA – huge resume of comic art!
JACK PURCELL – Artist JSA, Guardians of the Galaxy, Batgirl plus much more!
JOE ST PIERRE – Comic artist for an amazing array of Super Heroes including Spider-man, Fantastic Four and more!
BILL ANDERSON – Artist for hundreds of comics for Marvel, DC, Image, Comico, First and many more!
JOHN HEBERT– X-Men Adventures, Punisher, Deathlok and current Captain Action artist!
MARK MCKENNA – Artist for Marvel and DC comics – The X Men, Spider Man, Batman, The Justice League and more!
The stars will be signing autographs and doing Q & A sessions with fans throughout the day. Professional photos with most celebrities will be available on site!
X-Men and other Marvel and DC writers and artists will give panel discussions and mingle with celebrities and costumed fans!
The Super Megafest presents the best exhibitors on the East Coast with one of the largest selections of comics, toys, videos, non-sports cards and memorabilia from Comics, TV, Movies, and Rock & Roll that you will ever find!
Other attractions include an amazing Costume Contest (including a children’s category), stunning Movie Cars, mischievous Pirates and much more! After hours, enjoy a multitude of shadowcast movie performances and parties, including the COME TOGETHER MUSIC FEST and CosCLUB DANCE PARTY, ensuring the event has something for all ages.
For more info log onto WWW.SUPERMEGAFEST.COM
It is the return of the Philadelphia Comic-Con on Sunday March 20th. This comic book convention is held at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center located at 76 Industrial Highway (Route 291) in Essington, PA 19029. The hotel is conveniently located between exit 8 and 9A off of I-95. It is also close to I-76, I-476 and most bridges from New Jersey. Show hours are 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is only $3 per person. Students of any age (including college) are admitted free with a current id. Parking is also free on premises. For those of you that do not drive Septa Bus Route 37 stops directly in front of the hotel.
It is quite a site to behold with 60+ tables at the show in the 4,500 square foot ballroom of the hotel. Dealers from 5 states setup there selling, buying and even trading with collectors. Thousands and thousands of comic books from the 1940’s to present day will be for sale at the show. Also available will be collecting supplies, graphic novels, action figures, statues, non-sportcards, gaming cards, dvd’s and original artwork. The show has become a fan favorite for years with people travelling up to 3 hours one way just to shop at the show.
Special guest artists this show are Paris Cullins (creator of DC’s Blue Devil), Ron Wilson who had worked on over 20 different Marvel Comics titles in the 1970’s and Bob Petrecca who has drawn Batman and a whole host of other characters for DC Comics.
Any questions about the convention can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or we can be reached by phone at 856-217-5737. Fans can also check us out on the web at www.philadelphiacomic-con.com. Or on facebook.com/PhiladelphiaComicCon.
NYC’s Big Apple Con Returns, Celebrating Over 20 Super Years!
Comic Books, Celebs, Cosplay & More!
Saturday, March 5th 10am~6pm Penn Plaza Pavilion, NYC
MIKE CARBONARO’s BIG APPLE CON, New York City’s longest-running Pop Culture convention, returns to PENN PLAZA PAVILION (401 7th Ave @ 33rd Street -opposite Madison Square Garden) on SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2016 from 10am to 6pm. This amazing explosion of Comic Books, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, & Cosplay will bring together top comic book creators, media celebrities, dealers, panel discussions, a costume contest & more in one incredible day! There will be hundreds of tables of comics, toys, posters, videos, original art, t-shirts & other collectibles, with everything from the world’s rarest comics as well as the newest and coolest books for sale! Advance tickets are now available at www.nycbm.com
BIG APPLE CON proudly hosts a full “Artists Alley” of comic book and trading card creators, illustrators & writers, including: Neal Adams (Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow), Jim Steranko (Captain America, Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD), Ramona Fradon (Super Friends, Aquaman), Mark Texeira (Ghost Rider, Wolverine), Rich Buckler (Deathlok, Fantastic Four), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon, Spider-Man), David Lloyd (V For Vendetta, Aces Weekly), Tom Palmer (Star Wars, Avengers),Reilly Brown (Deadpool, Daredevil), Joseph Michael Linsner (Cry For Dawn, Vampirella), Sean Chen (Iron Man, Valiant Comics), Mike Lilly (Punisher, Nightwing), John Cebollero (Batman, Captain America), and Brian Kong (Cryptozoic Entertainment, Leaf Trading Cards).
The headlining media celebrity guests include: Lori Petty (Orange is the New Black, Tank Girl), Jason David Frank (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Sweet Valley High), Kathy Garver (Family Affair, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends), Laurence Mason (The Crow, Gotham), Karyn Parsons (Static Shock, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Johnny Brennan (Jerky Boys, Family Guy), Debbie Rochon (Tromeo & Juliet, Santa Claws), and (from 3pm on) Pro Wrestlers The Nasty Boys, Scott Steiner, & Ryan Shamrock of the WWE and WCW.
BIG APPLE CON always provides a jam-packed programming schedule, and this year is no exception! Our over 7 hours of scholarly and fun discussions cover everything from Star Wars, Batman, the Black Panther, Charlton Comics, and Power Rangers, with a special presentation of animated shorts and the return of the NY Jedi!
Captain Zorikh’s Costume Contest will once again bring the most amazing costumers and Cosplayers together for a fast-paced, exciting show of creative excellence! Come as any character in comics, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, cartoons, anime/manga, video games, or make up your own! You can also participate in special themed group Cosplay photoshoots! Valuable prizes to be awarded by audience applause!
DATE: Saturday, March 5th ~ 10am -6pm PLACE: Penn Plaza Pavilion ~ 401 7th Ave. @ 33rd St. NYC
TICKETS: $20 (adult) $10 (children 5-12, 4 and under free!) VIP Package/Early Admission: $50
TICKET PURCHASE & INFORMATION: www.nycbm.com
Wizard World, ComicsPRO Partner in Portland
As fortune would have it, the 10th annual ComicsPRO Annual Meeting and Wizard World are taking up residence in Portland at the same time… ComicsPRO at the Hilton Portland Thursday through Friday and Wizard World at the Oregon Convention Center Friday through Sunday.
The two organizations share a deep love of comics and the comic book industry, and are pleased to be partnering on initiatives to benefit each other.
Wizard World has offered all registrants at ComicsPRO, the trade association for comic book retailers, a complimentary entry in to Wizard World Portland this weekend, a chance for the professional retail organization’s members to meet up with creators, exhibitors and fans. Wizard World is excited to learn about the programs and advocacy that ComicsPRO continues to provide to the industry.
ComicsPRO attendees need just show their meeting credentials at the Wizard World Exhibitor Registration area to receive admission.
I was recently given the opportunity to review the movie Bridge of Spies, and, having missed it when it was in theaters, jumped at the chance.
Set during the Cold War, Bridge of Spies features Tom Hanks as lawyer James Donovan, who finds himself representing a Russian spy. Although Donovan is only supposed to go through the motions and provide a token defense of his client, he takes his role seriously and does everything he can to win the case and see that the legal proceeding are handled properly. Later in the film, he finds himself thrust by the CIA into negotiating the trade of his client for famed pilot Gary Powers, whom is being held by the Russians. Things are further complicated by the arrest of an American grad student by the East German government, in the midst of the building of the Berlin Wall. As Donovan does not work for the U.S. government, he risks his own health and safety in negotiating with the foreign powers.
I don’t know when was the last time I actually saw a Tom Hanks movie, but he is fine form here. Hanks is the central character in this movie and carries the weight of it. Except for two other minor subplots going on, Hanks is in every scene. All of the acting in the movie is top notch, and it was nice to see Alan Alda in a nice, albeit small, role.
I loved this movie, really. It looked great, the acting was great, and Steven Spielberg did a tremendous job of directing it. I must admit I was still expecting a third act twist to happen, but as this was based on true events, things unfolded the way they were supposed to.
The movie racked up six 2016 Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture, Actor in A Supporting Role (Mark Rylance), Original Score, Production Design, Sound Mixing and Original Screenplay.
Here are a couple of behind-the-scenes looks:
Parental Guidance: There is small bit of violence as Powers is tormented by his captors. There is also a bit of profanity, including Hanks and another character dropping F-bombs. I would follow the PG-13 guideline.